Professional development projects by artists for artists across the UK.
DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.
DIY 15 has a wide range of partner organisations from Plymouth to Aberdeenshire, Cardiff to Norwich, and four DIYs have been supported by Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions initiative.
New for 2018: as a gesture of our commitment to making DIYs as accessible as possible, this year we are trialling a new ‘top-up fund’ for participant expenses.
Our Call for Participants is now closed.
Our Call for Proposals to lead a project has now closed.
The FAQ for DIY applicants has been updated for 2018. Please read it fully before submitting your application.
DIYs this year are supported by: Artsadmin (London), ArtHouse (Jersey), BUZZCUT (Glasgow), Chapter (Cardiff), Colchester Arts Centre (Colchester), Dance4 (Nottingham), KARST (Plymouth), LADA (London), Live Art Bistro (Leeds), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone), Freud Museum (London), Lancaster Arts (Lancaster), Marlborough Pub & Theatre (Brighton), National Theatre (London), National Theatre of Scotland (Scotland), Norwich Arts Centre (Norwich), ]performance s p a c e[ (Folkestone), Rich Mix (London), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Aberdeenshire), Snape Maltings (Suffolk), Southbank Centre (London), Tate Early Years and Families (London), and Whitstable Biennale (in Ebbsfleet).
DIY understands that the development of a Live Art practice is as much about the exploration of ideas and experiences as training in skills and techniques, and past DIY projects have proved to be invaluable experiences for project leaders, participants and organisers alike. DIY supports exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development projects that offer something new and are geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts.
DIY projects can take any form, can be based anywhere, and can be loosely or rigorously focused on a specific theme/content. We particularly encourage proposals from artists from culturally diverse backgrounds and disabled artists, and artists working in other underrepresented or politicised territories.
Each DIY project receives £1,500 to cover fees and all direct project costs including venue hire, travel, materials and hospitality. As a trial for 2018, an additional £100 ‘top-up fund’ is available to cover participant expenses if required.
The annual ‘DIY Picnic’, a final networking event for all participants, lead artists and DIY partners, will take place in London on 1 December 2018 following the completion of this year’s projects.
Professional development projects – by artists for artists – across the UK.
Exploring possibilities of presence, sense and sound in VR performanceRead more
Explore the performative potential of co-produced text in the context of a new townRead more
Exploring television, Live Art, and the relationship between binge watching and durational/endurance performanceRead more
Blurring the lines between live performance and documentationRead more
theory and philosophy for women channeling punk, rave energies and radical sensitivityRead more
Artists working together with non-artist family membersRead more
An exercise in the possibilities of not planningRead more
Connect, exchange, celebrate and create a Live Art Twinning Ceremony!Read more
Creating a space for women in queer cruising cultureRead more
Become the privileged human you’ve always wanted to beRead more
A self-reflective workshop on the play of narcissism in creativityRead more
How to make a working political theme park for babies and early yearsRead more
Exploring neuro-mythology, Haitian Vodou dance, and atypical perceptionRead more
Untangling knots so that they can extend into actionRead more
“Ugh, that sounds weird: do it more!”Read more
Black study, being in space and black bodies navigating spaceRead more
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From DIY14: How To Build Boats and Influence People (To Build Boats), led by Sheaf+Barley (image courtesy of the artists)
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Unusual professional development projects conceived and run BY artists FOR artists
A pilgrimage into the heart of darknessRead more
A playfully theatrical DIY for trans, intersex, non-binary and genderqueer artists exploring notions of realness through the desires of a wooden puppet to be “a real boy”.Read more
Autobiographical sessions for postcolonial diaspora. Bodies as places of legacy; voice as ancestral calling; sharing stories; rituals; being vulnerable together.Read more
a creative enema of filthy writing, subversive image making and public interventions ‘via the back door’Read more
A two day research and sharing retreat investigating definitions of ‘diversity’Read more